Lack of energy is such a common problem, and something that most of us seem to suffer from. It’s no wonder when you consider how much busier life seems to have become. Often, because we’re so busy, we find ourselves drinking a few too many cups of coffee and reaching for the wrong types of foods hoping for a quick energy fix. While there are foods that give us a quick energy boost, what we really need is food that keeps up our energy all day long. By avoiding refined sugars and eating more wholegrains and unsaturated fats, you’ll find your energy levels will be more consistent throughout the day.
If you’re stuck for ideas, here are 7 foods that will naturally boost your energy:
Bananas are often recommended to athletes due to their ability to keep the body fuelled. They are also a source of natural sugars (not to be confused with refined sugars) which provides a natural and sustained energy boost. Try putting one in a breakfast smoothie or keep one for a quick afternoon pick me up.
Nuts often get a bad reputation as being high in fat but they actually contain good fat, the kind you should be eating more of. A handful of mixed nuts is surprisingly filling as well as providing you with an energy kick. Try carrying some around in your bag or keeping a container in your desk. You’ll find that you only need a handful to feel full.
Studies have found that along with other numerous benefits of eating whole grains, increased energy is a one of the key benefits. With a low Glycaemic Index, whole grains provide a gradual energy release rather the quick high of other foods. Next time you’re at the supermarket, reach for the wholegrain option and avoid the ‘white’ varieties.
Eggs are another food that often get mistakenly labelled as a ‘bad’ food. Eggs are packed full of minerals, contain lots of protein and keep you feeling full for longer. Be careful how you cook your eggs as this is where the unhealthy part can come into play. Try to stick to poached or hard boiled for the best health benefits.
Starting your day with a high energy breakfast, will get your day off to a great start. The high fibre breakfast will provide sustained energy throughout the day. Why not add some sunflower seeds or berries to them for an extra nutritious breakfast. Oats have the added advantage of being very cheap too.
Blueberries are high in fibre and low in fat, perfect for keeping you full for longer. As well as being packed with energy, they also contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C. They taste great too, and if you can’t get them fresh, frozen are just as good. Blueberries are great in smoothies or mixed with yogurt.
OK, so water isn’t technically a food, but it IS an energy booster. Dehydration is a leading cause of feeling tired. Drinking water consistently throughout the day, combined with a healthy and nutritious diet will keep you energetic and ready to go. Aim to keep a bottle with you at all times.
Remember, the key to a natural energy boosting diet is consistency. Try to incorporate these foods into a balanced and healthy diet, limit your refined sugar and caffeine intake, and you start to see improvements in your stamina and energy during the day.